Tries hard, but lacks backing
Sunday’s revelations in the Daily Mail involving
Lord Triesman were startling.
At first glance, it sounded an unbelievable
story: The head of England’s
2018 bid committee accusing a rival of contemplating the bribery of referees at
this summer’s World Cup in exchange for votes to host the tournament in future –
Spain and Russia’s
football associations being highlighted by Triesman.
And the first thought? No smoke without fire, of
course. Why would someone so high profile go on record discussing such possibilities
if he hadn’t heard or seen something?
But then the question marks appear.
Triesman says he was merely repeating things he had overheard – just wild speculation;
nothing in terms of evidence or belief.
Football’s officialdom is never the most
open of places, the FA here being a prime example. Even government
recommendations have brought little change in modifying what sometimes amounts to
an old boys’ club.
Fifa and Uefa are little better – all of which
means someone of Triesman’s ilk recounting wild speculation can always be
deemed to hold water with some people.
After all, there is usually nothing transparent to
Opening up, being accountable. That would
change things - and we also know that simply won’t happen
any time soon, leaving stories like this weekend's always on the
Private conversation or not, his comments
are clearly in the public interest – why would Lord Triesman contemplate
recounting them if he did not feel they were in some way conceivable.
The FA have already issued handbags to the
partners of Fifa colleagues hoping it could sway the 2018 auction in their
favour – one of many wheels and deals, you assume.
And it won’t change any time soon.
Just like the only thing we’ll see come out
of Sunday’s headlines being a weak investigation and a damaged England 2018
posted on 18 May 2010 23:04 byMichael Bailey - Sportsdesk